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Max Delbrück

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Delbrück, Max (1906–61), German-born U.S. biologist whose discovery of a method for detecting and measuring the rate of mutations in bacteria opened up the study of bacterial genetics. Along with Alfred Hershey and Salvador Luria, he won the 1969 Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine for work with bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria).

See also: Biology.

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